Tractor companies are often identified by the color of their machine, but for at least one Massey Ferguson tractor the color scheme is different - for a reason. Agco Corporation, owner of the Massey Ferguson name, partnered with NBC's show "Deal or No Deal" to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. And starting at 8 p.m. EST Oct. 31 - tonight - that tractor will be for sale on eBay.
Game Show Host Howie Mandel, left, signed this special-edition Massey Ferguson 1547 tractor that will now be auctioned off to raise funds for breast cancer research. The pink machine is a one of a kind tractor.
The machine, in a nice pink color, was autographed by show host Howie Mandel, and that machine is on the electronic auction block through Nov. 11. Agco provided the tractor on October 12 because contestant PJ Dykes races lawn tractors and was given the opportunity to take a "deal" that included a MF compact tractor with a front-end loader and a large sum of cash. She instead said "no deal" and went for more money.
As for the pink color, it was Dykes's favorite and she says she "instantly fell in love" with the machine, according to an Agco release. Dykes races a pink and purple tractor, and she says knowing the Massey Ferguson special model was for the Komen effort filled her with pride.
Since the show was aired the tractor has been decaled with pink ribbons and a one-of-a-kind pink MF logo. The machine is a 1547 model with a 47-hp diesel engine, hydrostatic transmission and matching front loader. Suggested list price for the machine is $30,434.
In a press statement, Phil Jones, manager, brand marketing for Agco, says "this tractor donation is being made in honor of our customers, as many of their lives have been touched by cancer, and the loss of a loved one can be devastating and not only to the family, but to the farming operation as well."
Interested in bidding? Just check out the tractor starting after 8 p.m. EST on eBay by visiting www.ebay.com/pinktractor. Auction Cause, a premier online auction management agency specializing in high profile celebrity and charity auctions, is managing the event on eBay.